The State Department's annual report gauging state's human rights practices was released last week. You can find the preface, introduction, and county-by-country reports at the State Department's web site. On the positive side, this year's reports note human rights improvements in Congo, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, and Ukraine. Most of these improvements are in the realm of elections or the dampening down of state repression. The countries fingered as being the most repressive are: Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, and Zimbabwe.